Jobs available for low-income teens

LOS ANGELES - The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday approved a summer jobs program expected to create at least 2,200 jobs for "economically disadvantaged" teens in L.A. County.Job positions will be created at county departments, local cities, non-profit and for-profit organizations. The new jobs include clerical, maintenance, groundskeeping, child care, teacher's aid and librarian assistance work. Young people in foster care, on probation or those whose families receive welfare or general relief will receive priority. "In these tough economic times, young people are really struggling to find employment, which limits their ability to gain necessary experience for the future," said Supervisor Don Knabe, who introduced the program in a joint motion with Zev Yaroslavsky. "This program will give them that experience and life skills, while providing local organizations with invaluable resources and support." The unemployment rate for teens in L.A. County is 26.9 percent, officials said.

********** Published: July 7, 2011 - Volume 10 - Issue 12